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Advisory Councils

Senior Advisory Council

The 20-member Senior Advisory Council is made up of older adults (60 years and older), representatives of older adults, local elected officials, persons with leadership experience, representatives from agencies providing services to older adults and the general public. The following are the current members of the Senior Advisory Council:

Clatsop County

  • Linda Crandell - Chair
  • Tita Montero

Marion County

  • Amador Aguilar
  • Patrick Brodigan
  • Ruth McEwen 
  • Angela Plowhead
  • Heather Wechter
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Polk County

  • Shirl Staats
  • Betty Sledge
  • Vacant

Tillamook County

  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Yamhill County

  • Carol Hankins - Vice Chair
  • Lacey Plasker
  • Helen Anderson

Disability Services Advisory Council

The 15-member Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC) is made up of persons that use or have used disability services and individuals interested in issues and services to people with disabilities. This group meets monthly and meetings are open to the public. The current Disability Services Advisory Council members are:  

At Large

  • Donna Davis
  • Kathy Eckert-Mason
  • Judith Richards 
  • Heather Wechter
  • Vacant

Clatsop County

  • Steve Manesis - Vice Chair
  • Monica Adams

Marion County

  • Ruth McEwen - Chair
  • Mel Gregg

Polk County

  • Shirl Staats
  • Vacant

Tillamook County

  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Yamhill County 

  • Vacant
  • Vacant

The function of the Senior Advisory Council (SAC) and Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC) is to advise the Board of Directors and the Executive Director on the general welfare of older adults and people with disabilities in the areas served by NWSDS (Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill counties). It is to also advise the Board of Directors on the services to older adults and people with disabilities served by the agency, and on all important matters affecting the operations of the agency, except for matters of personnel administration, staff pay, and benefits.

Click the links for the SAC Bylaws and DSAC Bylaws. To apply to serve on either Council, click on the link to read the SAC-DSAC Application and Position Description.  

The agenda includes regular council business, public comment, legislative updates, updates on NWSDS programs, recommendations to the Board of Directors, and various council member and agency reports. Council meetings are open to the public. SAC – DSAC 2024 Public Meeting Schedule

 

Meeting Dates (SAC 10:30 a.m., Joint 11:00 a.m., and DSAC 1:00 p.m.):

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Thursday, September 19, 2024

Thursday, November 21, 2024

The public can attend this meeting via Zoom:

https://nwsds.zoom.us/j/353358393

Or by phone: 877-853-5247
Meeting ID: 353 358 393#

 

A meeting passcode is required to join the Zoom meeting. To request a passcode, accommodations/accessibility, or interpreter, or for questions, contact Kim Hunt via email or by phone at 503-967-1848. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.

 

Senior Advisory Council (SAC) and Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC) Public Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

September 21, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

July 27, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

June 15, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

May 18, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

April 20, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

March 16, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

February 16, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

January 19, 2023
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

November 17, 2022
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

September 15, 2022
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

July 21, 2022
SAC, Joint, and DSAC Minutes

 

 

Tasks of the Advisory Councils include reviewing and approving NWSDS’ budget, tracking legislation, monitoring services paid for by NWSDS, interviewing and recommending new members, and acting as an executive committee. 

The Senior Advisory Council and the Disability Services Advisory Council members generally serve on one of six committees:

Steering Committee – acts as an executive committee and sets the council agendas.
Budget Committee - reviews and recommends approval of the agency's annual budget.
Legislative & Advocacy Committee – tracks legislation on the state and federal levels that will affect people with disabilities.
Monitoring Committee – participates in reviews of services paid for by NWSDS.
Nominating & Orientation Committee – interviews and recommends new members.
Civic Engagement Committee – helps recruit volunteers for agency programs and advisory councils, and participates in community outreach opportunities.